Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here is the official press release regarding The Entrance Band's official signing...
THE ENTRANCE BAND OPEN THE DOOR TO DEAL WITH ECSTATIC PEACE AND UNIVERSAL MOTOWN
ACCLAIMED POWER TRIO CELEBRATE SIGNING BY SUPPORTING CAT POWER IN L.A. ON FEBRUARY 11TH
EAGERLY AWAITED LABEL DEBUT SET FOR LATER THIS YEAR
Universal Motown and Ecstatic Peace Records have announced the signing of The Entrance Band. The Los Angeles-based trio will release their as-yet-untitled debut later this year. Co-founder of Ecstatic Peace Records, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, says, "The Entrance Band's new music is the most alluring and, yes, entrancing vibe I've yet to experience in this new age. A soundtrack for the new groove.
On Wednesday, February 11th, The Entrance Band will join Cat Power for an eagerly anticipated double bill at Los Angeles’ Avalon. An additional slate of live dates will be unveiled shortly.
The Entrance Band kicks out a veritable explosion of mind-bending, skyscraping high-volume electric power. The trio – which includes singer/guitarist Guy Blakeslee, drummer Derek James and bassist Paz Lenchantin (late A Perfect Circle and Zwan) – set out for new musical frontiers with their full-on melding of psychedelic freakout and punk rock intensity.
The Entrance Band line-up made its recorded debut on 2006’s “PRAYER OF DEATH,” the last of Blakeslee’s solo releases as “Entrance,” and the first to feature all original compositions. Pitchfork praised the album’s “combination of blues riffs and psychedelic drone,” noting that by “creating a maelstrom from which (Blakeslee) can wail feverishly, the band isn't just loud, it's intense.” “Blakeslee is downright exultant in his howls and bends and slides,” declared PopMatters, commending Lenchantin and James for “(augmenting) nearly every cut on this dense, sometimes overwhelming album, a multitude of eddying sounds providing a contact buzz of mystic overload."
The Entrance Band has also proven a remarkably captivating live act, having built up a notable underground following in California including sold-out shows at the Troubadour in L.A. and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and having shared stages with an array of like-minded artists, including Cat Power, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 4:30 PM